Jan 07, 2008

A from-beyond-the-grave, four-song 7” from the Cryptomaniacs, who called it quits four days after this record arrived from the pressing plant. Three of the songs, “Good Enough for Garbage,” “Eyeballs,” and “Heart of Trash,” have a county fair haunted house feel; enough organ, fuzz, echo and specter-like singing to give a bit of a startle, but nothing contained therein to truly scare the ever-living shit outta ya. “Ha Alright” is the equivalent of Sesame Street’s “one of these kids is doing his own thing,” a charging, industrial beat frozen over with cold, prickly guitars. Good, not great, stuff. May the Cryptomaniacs rest in peace in that great trash heap in the sky.

 –benke (self-released)